If you haven’t yet had a chance to join the BCTELA summer book club, don’t worry: you still can! The coordinated date has been extended to July 6th.
This year we are reading about theories of Place-Based education. As this topic is still emerging as a area of study, we will be reading four articles rather than a single text.
Let us know if you have questions. If you’re ready to read, please download the form and send it to the address you’ll find at the bottom. We will send you the articles. The first two will be discussed on Twitter on July 9th, and the second two on August 11th (see the Important Dates in the sidebar to the left).
We are pleased to announce BCTELA’s third annual professional literature book club. Three years ago we started a pattern of book clubs over the summer as a lead-up to our fall conference. We have traditionally chosen professional literature authored by our upcoming keynote as a way to extend and deepen the conversations surrounding the themes of our conference.
This year we are continuing to connect our professional book club to the October conference. But this time, rather than choosing a text by our keynote speaker, we are using the theme of the conference as inspiration. The theme of the 2015 BCTELA provincial conference is “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” and centres on the ideas of place-based learning and the stories which make up our experience of ‘place.’
Instead of selecting one professional book as our book club text, we have chosen to build a text-set of four articles. The articles have been carefully chosen to provide a comprehensive foundation from which to further explore and discuss what it means to teach BC students to read and write stories set in BC.
The discussion format will be similar to what we have done in the past: we will use Twitter as an accessible platform and divide the reading into a few hour-long twitter chats. The chats will be on July 9th from 10-11am, and on August 11th from 11am-12pm. As usual, our tweets will be delineated by the hashtag #bctelabook.
If you are interested in reading along with us, download and fill out the 2015 BCTELA book club application and email it to Celia Brogan (address on the form) by June 25th.
Medicine Walk’s richness in themes and ideas may need more room for discussion than twitter can offer. In honour of Wagamese’s work, as well as our varied learning styles, BCTELA executive members Celia Brogan and Pamela Richardson will host a get-together for a BCTELA book club discussion prior to the twitter chat on March 8th.
All are welcome to come!
The get-together will be at a coffee shop called Pleasant Beans, at the corner of Kingsway and E 8th ave, in the Mount Pleasant community Centre in Vancouver from 9:30 to 11am. Folks are welcome to stay together for the twitter chat from 11am-noon.
Are you thinking of hosting your own get-together at a coffee shop or library in your town? Please let us know!
Last year we held our inaugural province-wide professional book club. The book club was successful in bringing BCTELA educators together in conversation about the work of Cris Tovani, who was our keynote speaker at the 2013 October BCTELA conference. This year we are excited to do it again!
BCTELA is excited to announce that Jeffrey Wilhelm will be our keynote at the 2014 provincial conference in October. In honour of his visit we will be reading So, What’s the Story?
So, What’s the Story? discusses the power of narrative in understanding ourselves and the world around us. It includes ideas for understanding and teaching many different forms of narrative. We’re looking forward to reading it!
We invite current BCTELA members across the province to join us in reading this text in preparation for the October PSA professional day. Participants will receive a copy of So, What’s the Story? to read over the next few months. Members of the BCTELA executive will host a twitterchat for all participants in mid August with the possibility of an additional virtual discussion in late September or early October, prior to the conference.
Space is limited to 30 people. Beyond the first 30 applications we will be unable to provide a complementary book but anyone who has read the text will be welcome to participate in the discussions.
The application deadline is June 15th. Please note, you must be a current member of BCTELA to be eligible for a complementary book. To check your membership status, visit the BCTF portal here.
If you are interested, please complete the BCTELA Book Club Application 2014 and email to Celia Brogan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading “BCTELA book club.”